What Is Religious Harassment?

It is illegal for your boss, co-workers or clients to harass you at the workplace because of your religion or sincerely held religious beliefs.

The Difference Between Harassment And Teasing

What is religious harassment? It is not always easy to know if comments by co-workers, clients or bosses are intentionally meant to harass. If a co-worker makes an offhand comment or teases you lightheartedly once in a while this typically would not indicate harassment.

However, harassment does not only involve intent, it must also be frequent and ongoing. What is harassment? Harassment is:

  • Ongoing and unwelcome comments about your faith or lack of faith
  • Offensive and negative remarks about what you believe or how you exercise your faith
  • Frequent and repeated negative comments that create a hostile or offensive work environment for you

If a boss or supervisor does not promote you, lays you off or fires you because of your religion, this is most likely harassment. In this case, speak with an experienced discrimination attorney today about how to protect your workplace rights.

Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

This act protects all workers from harassment or discrimination based on their faith or religion. The act protects both well-established world religions (such as Buddhism and Christianity) but faiths that do not have a formal church and the absence of any faith or religions. The act protects you from being treated unfavorably, harassed or prevented from observing your beliefs or lack of belief.

Who Is Exempt?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act applies to employers with at least 15 employees. This does not include religious organizations.

Work With An Employee-Only Firm

Many firms will represent employers and employees. At The Armstrong Law Firm, we are passionate attorneys who are one of the most knowledgeable and established employee-only law firms in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. If you are experiencing Bay Area religious harassment in the workplace speak with an experienced workplace harassment lawyer today.

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